Posts Tagged ‘ google ’

Easy translation with Google Goggles

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Googhle CEO Eric Schmidt presented  the new Google Goggles, a program available for Android smartphones.  It allows to take a picture of an object, building, monument,… and it will search for more information on this object (which sounds like a static version of Augmented Reality to me).  Goggles now comes with an additional feature: it translates the text it finds on the photographed object. 

Sounds really interesting, but I fear that the translation will be of the same poor quality as the average web translations, like Babelfish, which literally translates word per word, but doesn’t give a correct translation for a full sentence.  Still, it could be handy if you’re travelling and you need to have just a few words translated to understand the context of something (for example, the menu of a restaurant).

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Apple bans ‘Android’ brand and location-based apps for mobile advertising

Apple continues its censorship on the access for mobile apps to their app store.

Educational software developer Flash of Genius reports Apple has requested the firm remove mention of Google’s Android mobile operating system from the iTunes description of the startup’s iPhone and iPod touch application Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab 2.2. In November 2009, Google announced that the Android version of Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab was a Top 10 finalist in its category in the Android Developer’s Challenge, and the firm hoped to include that information to boost sales of its iPhone app. As a result, Apple determined that the Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab 2.2 application submission contained “inappropriate or irrelevant platform information,” according to an email sent by the iPhone Developer Program. Read more

Meanwhile, Apple is warning iPhone developers that applications built with features based on user location must provide “beneficial information,” adding it will reject apps that incorporate location to deliver targeted advertising.  “If your app uses location-based information primarily to enable mobile advertisers to deliver targeted ads based on a user’s location, your app will be returned to you by the App Store Review Team for modification before it can be posted to the App Store,” a post on the iPhone Dev Center website promises. Read more

Mobile World Congress Barcelona: a first view

All eyes of the mobile industry are directed to Barcelona this week, where the annual Mobile World Congress (formerly 3GSM) is taking place. 
Here are already some interesting news bits:

– Microsoft Corp. unveiled the latest version of its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, adding video-games and music features in a bid to stop market share losses to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Read more

Check here for an overview of some of the newest and most popular handsets on the market from a dozen leading vendors.  Many large players, including Sony Ericsson, Samsung and HTC, have presented at the start of the Congress yesterday new devices.  Surprisingly, Nokia didn’t bring any new toys…

– With Apple and Google stealing most of the limelight the past few months, other mobile manufacturers are gearing up to face the competition. Many are announcing new models of smartphones and marketplaces to compete with the iPhone and the App Store and their likes.
Ericsson announced its eStore mobile application store. 
Meanwhile, an alliance of 24 operators (including China Mobile, Britain’s Vodafone, the U.S.’s AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Spain’s Telefónica, France’s Orange), dubbed the Wholesale Applications Community, are collaborating on an “open platform” that delivers applications to all mobile phone users. 

Keep updated on the Mobile World Congress via their official website, and ofcourse via the MobileWeb blog.

Apple to replace Google Search by Microsoft’s Bing

We’ve all noticed how the competition between Apple and Google has grown more intens over the past few months. 
Especially with the recent launch of Google’s own smartphone, the Nexus One, it has become very serious.  Now it seems that other web giant Microsoft is considered as the ‘lesser evil’. 

According to the magazine BusinessWeek, Apple is in talks with Microsoft to integrate Bing as the default search engine on the popular iPhone.  At the moment, the smartphone uses Google Search. 

BusinessWeek adds that the negociations are only in an early stage and that it’s even possible that Apple wants to develop its own search engine and only talks to Microsoft to win some time.

Nexus One reflects Google’s advertising ambitions

Google to sell own Android phone

Google reportedly plans to begin selling a branded Android smartphone directly to consumers as soon as early 2010 as it continues to broaden its web services portfolio beyond the desktop. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports the device – dubbed the Nexus One – boasts software designed by Google itself, from applications to the user interface of each individual screen; HTC is said to be manufacturing the device hardware.

UPDATE: With the Nexus One, the software giant has now started producing hardware.  It hopes to compete against the iPhone, claiming the Nexus One is faster.  If it really is the long promised iphone killer, will have to be seen.  The smartphone is now avaiilable for British and American consumers through the Google web shop (either device-only at $ 529, either combined with a T-Mobile subscription at $ 179).  Collaborations with Vodafone and Verizon should bring the device respectively the European and US market in the spring of 2010. No details yet whether Nexus One will be available in Belgium anytime soon.

Read more:

Wall Street Journal

De Tijd

– And an interesting comparison between Nexus One and iPhone on Mashable

In other Google news: Google Search was the most visited mobile site in the US in 2009.  Yahoo! Mail comes in second, followed by Gmail, The Weather Channel and Facebook.

Interesting numbers & figures from Nielsen

Learnings from two years AdMob reports

AdMod, recently bought by Google, has released some interesting learnings, extracted from the data of the past two years. 

– The number of monthly ad requests in the AdMob network increased 6.3x over the past 2 years from 1.6 billion in September 2007 to 10.2 billion in September 2009.

– 64 countries sent more than 10 million requests in September 2009, compared to only 16 countries in September 2007.

– In September 2007, the top 10 mobile devices included 8 models by Nokia or Sony Ericsson.  In September 2009, these brands only have 3 models left in the top 10 (the N95, K800i and 5800 XpressMusic). The others have been replaced by phones from RIM (Blackberry), HTC and Apple (iPhone).

More details here